Anjail and Noel K.

Darlene Sybert (c557506@SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU)
Fri, 16 Aug 1996 11:50:38 -0500

On Thu, 15 Aug 1996, Eric Crump wrote:
> evaluation is helpful, but ought to be peripheral. If we want the teacherly
> person to be fully engaged in assessment, the teacherly person ought to be
> a full partner in the project. Evaluation is a natural function of any
> project. It is generated by the same interest and energy that initiated the
> project. It is generated by commitment to developing something (whatever it
> may be) that will make a difference, that will work, that will influence,
> that will produce, that will contribute.

An excellent expression of this idea, Eric...I like that word "teacherly," that a crumpism? I ask because I haven't heard it before, but
it certainly works in this context. :)

And I think this business of the teacher being part of the project is
extremely important and gets overlooked most of the time or not even
considered, especially if you are using a small group approach to teaching.
That's one thing I like about the "divided class" approach that Noel
and some others have been doing here. The instructor becomes a more integral
part of the group's project even though they often meet without her. But
since she gets in on the goal setting in a group of 4-5 students, she has
a much clearer idea of what they are TRYING to do and evaluation is
facilitated...If she is on this list, here experiences are pertinent to
this idea...

Another instructor I know who does a wonderful job of letting the group
set the standards for evaluation is Anjail Ahmad, who I think is on this
list, too...if so, her experiences with a group that kicked out one of their
members would be a helpful addition to this discussion.